Willbern thus casts Shakespeare's composition--and specifically his publication--of Lucrece as an act of violence akin to Busyrane's Petrarchan torture of Amoret
in the Faerie Queene.
The suite from The Old Bachelor comprises 11 movements, including the song "Thus to a ripe, consenting maid," which again features Ansell in great form, and the duet "As Amoret
and Thyrsis lay," in which the warm-toned baritone Jason Nedecky joins Ansell, the two blending perfectly.
While the influence of Spenser's Book I was central to my discussion of Perelandra, much inspiration and material for That Hideous Strength: A Modern Fairy-Tale for Grown-Ups derives from Books III and IV of The Faerie Queene--particularly the lovers' trials of Amoret
and Scudamour, (4) who must both learn how to give and accept love.
He belongs to a lineage of artist-sorcerers epitomized by Busirane, the magician who meticulously tortures the nymph Amoret
in Book III of The Faerie Queene:
Ate counters Duessa's conciliatory message with the licentious claim that Ate herself has witnessed Scudamour's lover, Amoret
, in sexual embraces with Britomart.
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Here, betrothal and marriage are defined by separation: we might think of Una and Redcross, Amoret
and Scudamour, Britomart and Artegall.
Everyone can see that Sir Guyon in the Bower of Bliss (II xii) is a man founding his conduct upon moral principles rather than the love of pleasure; that Amoret
in the Castle of Busirane (III xii) is a woman tormented by her own carnality.
Comparing the 1590 and 1596 versions of the story of Scudamour and Amoret
, Sanchez finds that the latter version represents Scudamour as unworthy of Amoret
's devotion, and her narcissistic investment in her figuration as a devoted, suffering lover prolongs the trials of her chastity and provokes further bad behavior from Scudamour.
While Milton's Lady inherits character traits from Britomart, her situation is clearly closer to that of Amoret
, even though unlike Amoret
, she "does not participate psychically in the terms of her captivity" (233).